Vandals destroy flowers, flowerpots in Danville
Someone sprayed a chemical or poison to kill these flowers and damage flowerpots on Main Street. (submitted / August 1, 2012)
About 15 to 20 percent of the city’s flowers, flowerpots and shrubbery deliberately have been damaged in the last two weeks, said Michael McAfee, a Danville resident and owner of McAfee Mowing and Landscaping.
McAfee’s company has a contract with the city to provide beautification services to Danville, especially in light of the upcoming vice-presidential debate at Centre College in October.
Someone has deliberately sprayed a chemical or poison to kill flowers and damage flowerpots on Main Street as well as Lexington, Hustonville and Wilderness Roads, McAfee said.
“It is a disappointment that someone would spray and kill flowers that we work so hard to keep beautiful for the city and the residents of Danville on a daily basis,” McAfee said. “My (four) guys work very hard starting at 5:30 each morning tending to the flowers and to see someone do that to your work is hard to take.”
McAfee has lived in Danville since 1998 and during his time in the city has never heard of such a situation. He immediately reported the situation to city engineers, who instructed him to start removing the dead and damaged flowers and flowerpots.
The issue of what to do to remedy gaps caused by missing flowers, especially before the debate, will likely be a topic of discussion at a future City Commission meeting.